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Highland Council to recommend Tier 1 for region to Scottish Government

By Scott Maclennan

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Highland Council has agreed that the region should be placed under Tier 1 restrictions with no additional measures.

The Scottish Government requested a consultation response leading to this morning's debate at council headquarters on the new Tier system.

Despite calls from the SNP council group calls to ban people meeting in each other’s homes, the Independents led council voted resoundingly in favour of keeping the lower level Tier 1 restrictions as they are.

Councillors were asked to vote against three other issues and moved against subdividing the region by restrictions amid fears it would cause confusion.

They were almost evenly split voting 30 to 28 for banning travel from places like the Central Belt which have a higher prevalence of the virus.

Members also agreed, this time unanimously, that messaging across all public bodies from the local authority to Police Scotland, NHS Highland and others should be consistent in bid to keep people informed.

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